Exhibit: Teater's Knoll

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Exhibit: Teater's Knoll

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Henry Whiting is the best possible owner of this charming little house. His restoration and (slight) renovation are of the highest quality.

Tom
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Had no idea what a dramatic site this house is on.
Incredible.

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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Henry Whiting is a relative of Wright apprentice Alden Dow.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

SDR
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Post by SDR »

The first photo on the page Paul linked reveals that the bracket supporting the roof projection is placed asymmetrically, on a superficially symmetrical elevation.

The bracket is considerably more robust in thickness than as depicted on the drawings; its positioning is nevertheless clear on those documents:


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Paul, yes, Henry is a grandnephew of Alden's of the Dow Chemical family.

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Do you notice how there is tape on the elevation drawing of the support for the prow cantilever (35 feet!)? How to support this cantilever was obviously a point of contention for Wright and his assistants at the time the construction drawing were made, and the Teaters 'solved' this problem by supporting the roof with a truly unsightly kneebrace. Part of my 1982 restoration of the studio was Tom Casey's design for strengthening and cladding the kneebrace by essentially taking the line of the window sills and and extending it. There is also a corresponding kneebrace at the other end of the facade to support the 15 foot cantilever that shelters the front door and essentially creates the first 'room' of the studio under its generous overhang. The Teaters supported this roof with an unsightly metal TV antenna support.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

You can see the unsightly knee brace in Storrer's Catalog (352). Unfortunately, Bill didn't edit that detail for the FLW Companion. But Henry's 2 books on his treasure show it in detail. Casey did a great job. Looks like it always belonged there.

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Storrer's photos, in the order of their publication, and a photo by Mr Whiting on the linked page.

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photos © W A Storrer

http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/po ... e#stream/0

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Slaute to Henry Whiting
Not paid attention to the restoration story before.

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Post by peterm »

I believe the bracket as exists was added by John Eifler.

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Post by HenryWhiting »

No, to my knowledge John Eifler has never been to Teater's Knoll, much as I would like to have him as a guest. Tom Casey of Taliesin designed the knee brace details. It should also be noted that the Teaters left a hideous pink steel post at the apex of the fireplace because they didn't believe the mason built it properly. With great care we removed it, and the fireplace is still intact 35 years later.

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